"Black women are more than props and more than interchangeable stock images employed to convey a sassy reaction to a white star’s plotline. We experience love, grief, anger, frustration and joy just like everyone else. Except that, when expressing those emotions, black women are policed, caricatured, judged and dismissed.

We aren’t allowed to be situationally angry at the appropriate moments and have other emotions at other times: we are instead tasked with embodying a singular emotion (like anger) to the point of caricature. Humanity is a luxury routinely denied to black women both within media and outside it."
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The myth of the Angry Black Woman is a scandal of white supremacy (via ethiopienne)

But the interesting part is that even when a Black female character isn’t written as an “angry Black woman” or relegated to the sidekick she is still perceived in that way by whites.

Which is what happened in that train-wreck NY Times article about Shonda Rhimes’ work. Shonda doesn’t write dehumanized Black female characters and yet that’s all the white woman who reviewed her work could see. 

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(via daniellemertina)

"And all it took for her to manifest her dreams
was the belief that she was worthy enough to live inside them."
- "Language of the Diviners: Divination Tools: Dreams un-defferred" India Ame’ye (via eatmangoesnekkid)

(via msworld365)

"Black women have had to develop a larger vision of our society than perhaps any other group. They have had to understand white men, white women, and black men. And they have had to understand themselves. When black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society."
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- Angela Davis, activist, author, educator

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"This brings the inquiry to the central issue with which it is concerned. That is, contrary to the foregoing, Africans and their descendants did not simply forget (or elect not to remember) the African background. Rather, that background played a crucial role in determining the African American identity. Put another way, given the importance of African ethnicity, it is inescapable that ethnicity had a direct impact on African Americans’ self-perception. The African American represents an amalgam of the ethnic matrix; that is, the African American identity is in fact a composite of identities. In certain areas and periods of time, the composite approached a uniform whole, as the transition from ethnicity to race was more thorough-going. But for other times and locations, the composite was fragmented and incomplete. When incomplete, differences having their origin in ethnic distinctions were in instances carried over into differences of status, thus transforming the original ethnic divide without ever having grappled with an effective reconciliation. But whether fragmented or whole, the means by which these results were achieved have heretofore remained unexamined."
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Mike Gomez, CHAPTER ONE, Exchanging Our Country Marks; The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South

Exchanging Our Country Marks: The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South

The African American represents an amalgam of the ethnic matrix; that is, the African American identity is in fact a composite of identities. 

(via howtobeterrell)

(via howtobeterrell)

Two Tracks of Programming!

tbgp-summit:

Initially, the Summit was all about young women and girls, but we heard from educators who want to better be able to support the young women and girls in their lives, so we added a second track of programing just for them.

But actually, we have 3 (yes, 3!) tracks of programming with the third…

BGPSS14

latinegrasexologist:

peechingtonmariejust:

peechingtonmariejust:

latinegrasexologist:

latinegrasexologist:

clarawebbwillcutoffyourhead:

peechingtonmariejust:

We’re just over the $10,000 mark in our fundraiser for Tjhisha Ball and Angelia Mangum’s families to help with the costs of their funerals. We still need $7,000 more. Could you share this and donate? Even $1 helps and you can choose to make your name, donation, both, or neither private! We got this!
Here’s the link: http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/help-angelia-and-tjhisha-s-family/238511

Please share you guys! Even if you can’t donate!

at 10,419 let’s try to make 10,500 tonight, Tuesday October 14, 2014!

10,449! yayer ya’ll! keep it coming.

$10,584! Can we spread this around and get to $11,000 tonight to help Tjhisha and Angelia’s families?

$10,947 so far! We need $53 to get $11,000 and only $6,053 to get our goal of $17,000 to pay for both funerals. Please keep sharing. If we want something different, we gotta do something different. Tjhisha and Angelia matter!


Almost at 12k!

Help add to the funds for proper funerals for Tjhisha Ball and Angelia Mangum. We can get to $17,000!

latinegrasexologist:

peechingtonmariejust:

peechingtonmariejust:

latinegrasexologist:

latinegrasexologist:

clarawebbwillcutoffyourhead:

peechingtonmariejust:

We’re just over the $10,000 mark in our fundraiser for Tjhisha Ball and Angelia Mangum’s families to help with the costs of their funerals. We still need $7,000 more. Could you share this and donate? Even $1 helps and you can choose to make your name, donation, both, or neither private! We got this!

Here’s the link: http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/help-angelia-and-tjhisha-s-family/238511

Please share you guys! Even if you can’t donate!

at 10,419 let’s try to make 10,500 tonight, Tuesday October 14, 2014!

10,449! yayer ya’ll! keep it coming.

$10,584! Can we spread this around and get to $11,000 tonight to help Tjhisha and Angelia’s families?

$10,947 so far! We need $53 to get $11,000 and only $6,053 to get our goal of $17,000 to pay for both funerals. Please keep sharing. If we want something different, we gotta do something different. Tjhisha and Angelia matter!

Almost at 12k!

Help add to the funds for proper funerals for Tjhisha Ball and Angelia Mangum. We can get to $17,000!

tbgp-summit:

Over the weekend our Summit tech team made sure that everything was in its place! From projectors and monitors, to microphones and wifi! They will also be on site to make sure that everything goes smoothly on the big day.

If you have not registered for the October 25th Summit, do it soon! We are almost at capacity. http://sisterhoodsummit.org

unimpressed2chainz:

loving famous black women is cool, but loving average black women in everyday life and not making them into instagram memes is also cool